The Band The Band
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- 1Across The Great Divide02:53
- 2Rag Mama Rag03:02
- 3The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down03:32
- 4When You Awake03:13
- 5Up On Cripple Creek04:30
- 6Whispering Pines03:57
- 7Jemima Surrender03:30
- 8Rockin' Chair03:41
- 9Look Out Cleveland03:07
- 11The Unfaithful Servant04:15
- 12King Harvest (Has Surely Come)03:38
Info for The Band
„Music from Big Pink had been a fine, even superior debut; The Band was their masterpiece. Robbie Robertson's songwriting had grown by leaps and bounds. As players, all five musicians had reached a completely new level of ensemble cohesion. The sum was very much greater than the parts, and the parts were as good as any that existed. The album's single, 'Up on Cripple Creek,' became the Band's first and only Top 30 release. It was one of several songs on the album that had an 'old-timey' feel. Other highlights on this masterpiece include 'Rag Mama Rag,' 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' and 'King Harvest.' (Rob Bowman, All-Music Guide)
„Perhaps the best album by any Rock and Roll group ever. Timeless, soulful, seamless, a work that goes far beyond and yet is front-porch friendly.“ (M.E. Cooper)
Robbie Robertson, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Rick Danko, Bass, Trombone, Violin, Vocals
John Simon, Tuba, Horn, Keyboards, Piano
Levon Helm, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Drums, Vocals
Garth Hudson, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Accordion, Keyboards, Saxophones
Richard Manuel, Harmonica, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Engineered by Robbie Robertson and John Simon
Produced by John Simon and The Band
THE LAST WALTZ is the document of the Band's 1976 farewell performance, filmed as a documentary by Martin Scorsese, capturing the all-star concert for posterity. Sort of a rock version of "This Is Your Life," THE LAST WALTZ brought together performers from all phases of the group's career, giving them a chance to pay tribute and jam with the Band one last time. Many of the group's classics are reprised, but there are some notable standouts. Legendary Canadian rocker Ronnie Hawkins, who the Band backed in their early days as The Hawks, offers "Who Do You Love." After their tenure with Hawkins, the group went on to accompany Bob Dylan on some of his earliest electric sessions. Dylan returns the favor by performing a strong folk-blues medley beginning and ending with a fiery, rocking version of "Baby Let Me Follow You Down." Muddy Waters gives a lesson in the blues on "Mannish Boy," with the late great Paul Butterfield on harmonica. Eric Clapton offers his own polished version of the blues with a blistering "Further On Up The Road." Emmylou Harris, a highlight in any setting, duets on the gentle waltz "Evangeline." Dr. John's accurate and rousing "Such A Night" brings a bit of Mardi Gras to the proceedings. Joni Mitchell provides another pleasant change of pace, introducing her jazz-inflected sound with "Coyote," and joining in on soulful soaring harmonies with Neil Young on his classic "Helpless." Even Neil Diamond joins in on the fun, on a song he co-wrote with Robbie Robertson (who produced Diamond's BEAUTIFUL NOISE). Although not the last track on the disc, the Dylan-led all-star rendition of the Band/Dylan classic "I Shall Be Released" is the emotional climax of one of the most important performances in contemporary music.
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